• Monkee Business

  • The Revolutionary Made-for-TV Band
  • By: Eric Lefcowitz
  • Narrated by: Othello Lofton
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this new, revised edition of Monkee Business: The Revolutionary Made-for-TV Band, author Eric Lefcowitz follows the fascinating story of Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones to the present day, with an insightful new foreword by magician Penn Jillette. 

If you don't believe the Monkees were one of the most influential forces in the history of entertainment, this new group's critically-hailed biography will make a believer out of you. Lefcowitz chronicles the kaleidoscopic journey of the four Monkees, together and apart, from 1965 to the present day, and their role in pioneering music video. With hits like I'm a Believer and Daydream Believer still winning loyal fans generations later, the Monkees have become an American entertainment institution. This is the definitive biography of a rock and roll legend.

©2011, 2013 Eric Lefcowitz (P)2019 Eric Lefcowitz

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Informative but Horrible Narrator

As a G2 Monkee fan, I'm always excited to find something I haven't read about the foursome. But this book was depressing from the very beginning. The narrator made a mockery of trying to mimic the four Monkees, especially Davy Jones. The author seemed to write with a negative bias about the origins and subsequent celebrity of The Monkees. I made it through to the end but was glad when it was over. I'm walking away with a much different image of the foursome's relationship than I had before and it bums me out.

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The best part of the book is the last third.

This book goes from the beginning of the Monkees to the death of Davy Jones. If you know the story of the beginning of the Monkees. throughout the television series Car parts, okay, but the best part is the last third when it talks about their struggles. , the reunions and multiple other reunions to the death of Davy Jones. What's most interesting is the relationships between the four.

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Hey Hey We love the Monkees

A reasonably deep dive into Monkee history and emotionally pretty satisfying. Long but worth it!❤️

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Unexpectedly Good, Save For The Narration

I was ten years old in 1967 and, like many people, besotted with the Beatles. I didn't live in America at the time and didn't have TV where I lived—but I couldn't avoid hearing about the Monkees. When I got to see their TV show, in 1967, I was mildly amused but their music didn't interest me at all.

Flash forward to today and I watched an episode of Behind the Music about the Monkees and became re-interested enough to pick up this book.

I had vaguely followed the trajectory of the Monkees, especially hearing about Mike Nesmith and his various adventures, but most of what happened to them I was ignorant of.

I expected this book to be a little like the Monkees—shallow, glib, but also mildly entertaining. Instead I found some wry wit and some dead-on observations about what it was like to live at that time—the Summer of Love and all the accompanying hoopla, with a behind-the-scenes look at how the Monkees came into existence—I had known the story but not the details—and how they crested, peaked and burned out.

The author makes a brief reference to "a colleague" named Shawn Levy, whose book on Jerry Lewis I found amazing and stunning in its intense look at Lewis and his life, and I see that Levy's style is shared by Lefcowitz. Namely, very, very well put together and not at all shallow or glib; watch this author, because he's going to go far, if he hasn't already.

The narrator, however, I can live without. His reading is a little too glib—there's that word again—and a little too "urban/Southern drawl" for my tastes. He mangles words such as "congruent" and makes the typical mistake of "coup de gras," which means "hit of fat" instead of "coup de grâce" among others; it's not a dealbreaker but it is a flaw. I probably wouldn't buy another book narrated by this reader.

All in all, you don't have to be a Monkees fan in order to like this book—indeed, you probably don't WANT to be a Monkees fan, because of all the myths that get shattered herein, but fan or not, this is a book well worth paying for.

(One very odd postscript: the author has divided this book into a multitude of very short chapters; I'm probably only about two-thirds through the book and it's somewhere in the neighbourhood of Chapter 60.)

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Great Story. Ruined by Reader.

A great story that needed to be told. Very much a big part of people's lives in the 60s through the 80s and beyond.

But at the risk of being called a racist (which is what happens pretty much any time a white person criticizes someone of color), the reader for this story was just a horrible choice for a story about arguably the whitest band ever.

I'm not gonna say Mr. Loften is a bad reader. In fact, he's pretty good and would be great for almost any book but this one. It's just that he was the wrong choice for this book. Had this book been about an R&B or soul band his style would be perfect. The attempt at imitating british accents, particularly Davy Jones was just wrong and never should have been attempted. At many points in this book. Just about the time I was able to really immerse myself into the times and situations, I was yanked back to the present by the reader just not sounding the part.

In all, I would recommend this book if you are a child of the 60s but beware, you're gonna soon see what I and other readers have concluded.

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A disappointment

Although the material is well researched and the interviews are enlightening, the writing itself comes across as amateurish and at times cringe worthy. That could also be the fault of the narrator, who gives probably the worst narrative performance of any audio book I've listened to. Terrible British accents, mispronunciations (recollect was "re-collect"), an unfortunate Jack Nicholson impression, and a vocal style that sounds as if he were reading to the mentally impaired. Not to mention his "voices" for each individual Monkee would change constantly, such as Mike Nesmith sometimes having a drawl. Overall a disappointment.

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awesome career retrospective

the Narrator is hilarious. going from expression to expression was a delight to hear.

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for all true Monkees fans

Great to learn the truth behind the music. great biography!! makes me want to rewatch Head.

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I’m a believer

Monkee Business is a fantastic biography of the TV show and rock band The Monkees. In their day, The Monkees dominated music and television simultaneously, but were always marred with controversy over who was really behind their hits and success. This book explores that debate, while giving you all the behind the scenes tidbits you would want. My only complaint with the books is, there’s too much about their post Monkees lives. I find the heyday most compelling. Fun!

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Some good facts and background. Book is too long.

Good book but a bit too long. could have used a good editor. good facts and background if you are a Monkee Fan.

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  • DEANO
  • 03-08-22

Monkey business

Decent listen if you want to know the in’s n outs of The Monkeys.
Nowt special but if you liked the band it’s worth a listen.

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  • Steve
  • 03-01-22

Brilliant

They were a phenomenon and this book captures that. I am a fan tough! Check out out Spotify for the tunes as you go along and it will give the book context if you’d not fully familiar wit their material.

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  • Stuart. G
  • 05-04-21

Good overview of Monkees story

A well told story that could have done without the terrible attempt at an English accent when quoting Davy Jones. The narration was otherwise fine and the story covered all of the important subjects.

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  • Mr. T. Walters
  • 07-30-20

A Good Audio Book

I truly love the Monkees music. An excellent well-written book. Competently narrated for audio.